SKU: AB-577

Subtle robot

AB-577 is a miniature mobile robot with functionality similar to larger robots used in research and education.It was originally designed as a research and teaching tool for a high Research Priority Program.  It allows real world testing of algorithms developed in simulation for trajectory planning, obstacle avoidance, pre-processing of sensory information, and hypotheses on behavior  processing, among others. Very modular at both the software and hardware level, it has a very efficient library of on-board applications for controlling the robot, monitoring experiments, and downloading new software. A large number of extension modules make it adaptable to a wide range of experiments.
To facilitate programming of the robot, we support several development environments,  spanning from standard cross-C developments to more sophisticated tools like SysQuake, LabVIEW® or MATLAB®, to the 3D WEBOTS Khepera simulator. Please note however that this software is just a suggestion: Any other programming environment capable of communicating over a serial port can also be used.The communication protocol implemented on Khepera is described in more details within the user manual.

Unmatched Features:
 - Easy to Use
 - Affordable
 - Powerful Microcontroller
 - Many Sensor and Actuator Extensions
 - Free Software, Curriculum, Papers
 - More in the technical specifications
Unlimited Experiments:
   -Artificial Intelligence
   - Multi-Agents System
   - Control
   - Collective Behavior
   - Real-Time Programming
   - Advanced Electronics Demonstration
   - More examples in this list of papers
Unique Capabilities:
Perform Complex Behaviors on a Table Top
   - Ideal for Large Collective Robotics
   - Easy to Carry with you for Demonstrations
   - More in this list of potential applications
Incredible Software:
WEBOTS, a realistic 3D simulator
   - GNU C Cross Compiler, for embedded applications
   - KTProject, a Graphical Interface to GNU C Cross Compiler, for embedded applications
   - MATLAB, SysQuake, LabVIEW pluggins for remote control via tether or radio
   - Many Freeware
   - Any software able to communicate via a serial line for remote control.

  - Compact
  - Easy to Use
  - Affordable
  - Powerful Microcontroller
  - Many Sensor and Actuator Extensions
  - Free Software, Curriculum, Papers


Technical Information


Motorola 68331, 25MHz IMPROVED


512 Kbytes IMPROVED


512 Kbytes
Programmable via serial port NEW


2 DC brushed servo motors with incremental encoders (roughly 12 pulses per mm of robot motion)


Max: 0.5 m/s, Min: 0.02 m/s


8 Infra-red proximity and ambient light sensors with up to 100mm range IMPROVED
Power Consumption NEW


3 Analog Inputs (0-4.3V, 8bit)


Power Adapater
Rechargeable NiMH Batteries IMPROVED


1 hour, moving continuously IMPROVED. Additional turrets will reduce battery life.


Standard Serial Port, up to 115kbps IMPROVED

Extension Bus

Expansion modules can be added to the robot using the K-Extension bus.


Diameter: 70 mm

Height: 30 mm


Approx 80 g


Approx 250 g


WEBOTS, Realistic 3D Simulator and robot programming (Windows & Linux)

BotController. 2D simulation and robot programming

Development Environment for
Autonomous Application

KTProject, graphical interface for GNU C Cross-Compiler (Windows)

GNU C Cross-Compiler, for native on-board applications (Windows, Linux & Sun)


Remote control Software via
tether or radio

LabVIEW® (on PC, MAC or SUN) using RS232

MATLAB® (on PC, MAC, Linux or SUN) using RS232

SysQuake® (on PC, MAC, Linux or SUN) using RS232


Any other software capable of RS232 communication


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